Last updated on September 2nd, 2021

COMMITTEE FOR SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS AND PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS (CAPPS)

The academic progress of all students will be reviewed at the end of each semester by the Committee for Satisfactory Academic Progress and Professional Standards (CAPPS) in consultation with the Department Chair of the department and program in which students are enrolled.

Students with a semester GPA of 4.00 are placed on the Provost’s List. Students with a semester GPA of 3.50-3.99 are placed on the Dean’s List.

Only students who take a full credit load per semester (15 university credits or more per term) qualify for the Provost’s and Dean’s Lists. Credits from foundation courses such as Math’s and English are not used in calculating this 15 or more credit load.

ACADEMIC PROBATION

Academic probation is an in students’ progress files by the Committee for Satisfactory Academic Progress and Professional Standards (CAPPS) in consultation with the Department Chair of the department and program in which students are enrolled. It allows students who do not meet the satisfactory progress guidelines to continue in the academic program according to the policies set below. The CAPPS will notify students of the outcome of the end of semester CAPPS meeting and where relevant, will provide specific conditions to remedy their academic probation.

Students on academic probation (AP) may not:

  • Register for more than 12 credits in a semester.
  • Participate in recognized extracurricular activities, including athletics.
  • Hold office in recognized student organizations.
  • Work in student employment.

QUANTITATIVE DEFICIENCY

Full- and part-time students who are not progressing toward their degree according to the quantitative standard will receive a warning when it is apparent that they cannot graduate within the allocated time frame at their current pace. Students may petition the Dean of Students for an extension if medical problems, family obligations, change in program, or other significant factors make it impossible to complete their degree within the applicable time frame.

QUALITATIVE DEFICIENCY

  • Students with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of less than 2.00 at the end of a given semester will be placed on academic probation.
  • Students may be dismissed if their cumulative GPA:
    • falls below 1.00 after their second semester in the School of Arts and Sciences
    • falls below 2.00 for three subsequent semesters (not including their first semester in the School of Arts and Sciences).
  • Students must remedy all “F” and “D” grades in required coursework. The CAPPS will mandate students to repeat the course when it is next offered. Students failing to remedy deficient grades may be dismissed.
  • Students must repeat or replace all “D” and “F” grades in required General Education and elective coursework. Should the option be to replace, the failing grade earned in the first course continues to be incorporated into the overall GPA. No credit from “D” or “F” grades can be considered to meet graduation requirements.

In making their decision regarding how to remedy deficient grades, students should be aware that should they repeat a course, they will receive whatever grade is earned, and only the higher grade will be used to compute cumulative GPA; however, all grades for a course will appear on the transcript.

  • Students who have been on academic probation for two consecutive semesters, or on academic probation for four non- consecutive semesters, are at risk of dismissal.

APPEAL PROCESS

There is no appeal from placement on academic probation.

Students who are recommended for dismissal may request an appeal of this decision. Students who wish to exercise this option must submit by email a request for an appeal to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences within the time and date specified in the dismissal letter.  This request should describe the grounds for consideration of this appeal.  If the Dean grants this appeal, and Appeals Panel hearing will be scheduled.